9-Day Ancient Greece & Colorful Turkey
Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
- Exploring ancient ruins in the ancient citadel of Acropolis
- Appreciate the priceless holy relics at the Topkapi Palace
- Marvel at the excellent architectural art at the Hagia Sophia
- Enjoy the rock-cut churches with beautiful frescoes at Goreme Open Air Museum
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- Day 1
Upon arrival at Athens Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Athens. Rest of day is free on your own to explore this romantic city.
- Day 2
After breakfast, your full day tour starts with a visit to the Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library. Continue on to watching the Evzones in their picturesque uniform and the Presidential Palace. Before ascend to the Acropolis, you will tour the Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium where is famed for holding the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Then explore the Acropolis, including Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion, and finally Parthenon. Today’s tour completes the visit with the new Museum of Acropolis.
- Day 3
Be transferred to Piraeus port in the morning. Embark on a boat for a full day cruise to 3 picturesque islands - Aegina, Poros and Hydra, with lunch and show on board. After the cruise, transfer back to your hotel in Athens.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch on board
- Day 4
Delphi city was considered by the ancients Greeks to be the omphalos of the world and holy religious center. Today you will discover those archeological sites, including the Temple of Apollo, theater, market and the famous Omphalos (navel of the earth) and the Delphi museum with the fascinating sculptures. Continue to visit a traditional Greek village of Arachova before drive back to Athens for overnight.
- Day 5
Free in the day before your private transfer to the airport for flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Istanbul. Rest of day is free on your own to explore Istanbul.
- Day 6
This morning, ascend to Topkapi Palace, and take in the views of its fabulous collections of jewels and other artifacts. Continue to visit the Imperial Harem, another palace inside the Topkapi. Explore the Hagia Sophia, which is a museum encompassing both Christianity and Islam nowadays. Next visit the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles decorating interior walls, considered the landmark of Istanbul. After, encounter the Covered Bazaar, an age-old labyrinth of streets filled with all sorts of tempting items to purchase.
- Day 7
After breakfast, drive to the airport for a short flight to Capadoccia. Upon your arrival at Cappadocia, be met and transferred to the hotel. Enjoy a private tour to discover the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia at Devrent Valley and Pasabagi Valley. In the afternoon, you will depart from Avanos to see the beautiful examples of Byzantine art in the cave-churches of the Goreme Open Air Museum. Continue to drive to the Uchisar Castle, to enjoy a fabulous panoramic view over Cappadocia. The tour will be concluded with a visit to Pigeon Valley.
- Day 8
Today you will visit the Ortahisar, a natural citadel carved in rocks. Then descend into the subterranean city of Kaymakli, caved in the 7th century by Christians fleeing persecution. Continue to drive to Cavusin Valley to uncover the troglodyte dwellings where people lived for centuries. After lunch pay a visit to the Red Valley and Wine House, where is known for its fertile vineyards benefit from the mineral-laden volcanic soil of the area.
Optional: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon flight is available, regular 1 hour flight, join-in tour with 14-20 people capacity Balloons, balloon flight pick up is at 04.30 am in the morning. Ticket not included.
- Day 9
After breakfast, private transfer to the airport for departure flight.
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